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Byrd, William: Psalmes, Sonets and Songs (1588)

Ref: B374 ISBN: 9780852493748 ISMN: 9790220220432 Categories: , , By:


The Byrd Edition Volume 12
Edited by Jeremy Smith
First published: 2004
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 254 x 177 x 15

Individual titles from this volume are available as Adobe PDF files…

Only the third book of English songs ever known to have been published, Psalmes, Sonets & Songs appeared thirteen years after Byrd’s first collaborative) venture into print with the Cantiones of 1575. In contrast to the earlier production, it was a considerable success, being reprinted several times. Its contents, consisting mainly of consort songs adapted for five voices, were perhaps intended to capitalise on the new vogue for the madrigal. Included in the prefatory matter are the composer’s well-known reasons for ‘every one to learne to singe’. Two funeral songs of Sir Philip Sidney and the famous Lullaby, for which the collection acquired the title of ‘Byrd’s Lullaby’, are to be found among the 35 songs.


All as a sea, the world no other is (SATTB)
Although the heathen poets (SAATB)
Ambitious love (SATTB)
As I beheld, I saw a heardman wild (SAATB)
Blessed is he that fears the Lord (SAATB)
Care for thy soul (SAATB)
Come to me grief for ever (SAATB)
Constant Penelope (SATTB)
Even from the depth (SATTB)
Farewell false love (SATTB)
Help, Lord, for wasted are those men (SAATB)
How shall a young man prone to ill (SAATB)
I joy not in no earthly bliss (SAATB)
If that a sinner’s sighs (SAATB)
If women could be fair (SATTB)
In fields abroad (SATTB)
La virginella (SAATB)
Lord in thy wrath (SAATB)
Lulla lullaby (SAATB)
Mine eyes with fervency of sprite (SATTB)
My mind to me a kingdom is (SAATB)
My Soul opprest with care and grief (SAATB)
O God give ear and do apply (STTTB)
O Lord, how long wilt thou forget (SAATB)
O Lord, who in thy sacred tent (SAATB)
O that most rare breast (SAATB)
O you that hear this voice (SAATB)
Prostrate O Lord I lie (SATTB)
Susanna fair (SAATB)
The match that’s made (SATBarB)
Though Amarillis dance in green (SAATB)
What pleasure have great princes (SAATB)
Where fancy fond for pleasure pleads (SATTB)
Who likes to love let him take heed (SAATB)
Why do I use my paper ink and pen (SAATB)

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